Raw Deal


Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina…

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 5.1/10 (12,073 voted)

John Irvin

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Darren McGavin

Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Patrovina, enlists Kaminsky in a personal vendetta with a promise of reinstatement into the FBI if Patrovina is taken down. To accomplish this, Kaminsky must go undercover and join Patrovina's gang.

Writers: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Donati


Arnold Schwarzenegger

Mark Kaminsky aka Joseph P. Brenner

Kathryn Harrold


Darren McGavin

Harry Shannon

Sam Wanamaker

Luigi Patrovita

Paul Shenar

Paulo Rocca

Steven Hill

Martin Lamanski

Joe Regalbuto

Marvin Baxter

Robert Davi

Max Keller

Ed Lauter


Mordecai Lawner


Blanche Baker

Amy Kaminsky

Louise Robey

Lamanski's Girl

(as Robey)

Victor Argo

Dangerous Man

George P. Wilbur

Killer #1

Denver Mattson

Killer #2

Nobody gives him a Raw Deal.

Release Date: 6 June 1986

Filming Locations: Castle Hayne, North Carolina, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,500,000


Opening Weekend: $5,438,978
(8 June 1986)

Gross: $16,209,459

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Joey Brenner's social security number reads: 567-34-5787. 567 is a prefix for California, which means the card was issued there. His passport id shows H1032642.


Revealing mistakes:
During the car chase scene, it shows arrows on the road that are pointing in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic.


Chief Harry Shannon:
You remember my son Blair?

Mark Kaminsky:
Yeah. We went to a few ball games together. He joined the bureau, didn't he?

Chief Harry Shannon:

Mark Kaminsky:
How is he?

Chief Harry Shannon:

User Review

Ingedients:Full of Nutritious Arnie one liners. (no artificial acting)

Rating: 4/10

Raw Deal was in the classic Arnie era, the era of one line classics and
bad acting. How quality is this film, its just non-stop from start to
finish. You've got the classic good guy joins the mobsters gang in
order to bring them down – Arnie sports a classic lumberjack shirt in
this film as he plays a small town sheriff (check out the car chase at
the beginning). He rolls of classic line after classic line, there is
one instance where him and his wife have a argument – she throws are
cake at him after she has had a few drinks, he says

"You shouldn't drink…and bake"

how cool is that

this looks surprisingly low budget for Arnie, but you have to watch it
for its comedy value